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Autobiographical memory and well-being in aging: The central role of semantic self-images
Oxford Brookes Univ, Dept Psychol Social Work & Publ Hlth, Oxford OX3 0BP, England.
MRC Cognit & Brain Sci Unit, Cambridge, England. (EMIL)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7319-3112
Univ Oxford, Warneford Hosp, Dept Psychiat, Oxford, England.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8995-2099
Univ Reading, Sch Psychol & Clin Language Sci, Reading, Berks, England.
2015 (English)In: Consciousness and Cognition, ISSN 1053-8100, E-ISSN 1090-2376, Vol. 33, p. 422-431Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Higher levels of well-being are associated with longer life expectancies and better physical health. Previous studies suggest that processes involving the self and autobiographical memory are related to well-being, yet these relationships are poorly understood. The present study tested 32 older and 32 younger adults using scales measuring well-being and the affective valence of two types of autobiographical memory: episodic autobiographical memories and semantic self-images. Results showed that valence of semantic self-images, but not episodic autobiographical memories, was highly correlated with well-being, particularly in older adults. In contrast, well-being in older adults was unrelated to performance across a range of standardised memory tasks. These results highlight the role of semantic self-images in well-being, and have implications for the development of therapeutic interventions for well-being in aging. (C) 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. This is an open access article under the CC BY license

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ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE , 2015. Vol. 33, p. 422-431
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Self, Identity, Semantic, Episodic, Older adults
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-405179DOI: 10.1016/j.concog.2015.02.017ISI: 000352927800039PubMedID: 25781408OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-405179DiVA, id: diva2:1396823
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